Buddhism

Buddha Jewel Monastery Opens in Seattle

November 18, 2008

Author: Frank Kliewer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Daily Press

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7409,0,0,1,0

After two years of arduous planning and construction, members of the Chung Tai International Chan Buddhist Association have finished converting a derelict South Seattle church into a magnificent Zen Center and monastic residence. Ven. Jian Hu, the new Abbot of Buddha Jewel Monastery, was installed in a simple ceremony held...

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Korean Police Chief Makes Peace With Buddhists

November 18, 2008

Author: Dong-A Ilbo

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,7405,0,0,1,0

National Police Agency Commissioner General Eo Cheong-soo (right) bids farewell to the Venerable Jigwan, the chief executive of Korea`s largest Buddhist order Jogye, with a “hapjang,” the Buddhist greeting where palms are put together in front of one’s chest.

Eo apologized for discriminatory behavior against...

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Russia’s Buddhist Republic Sees the Light

November 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Russia Today

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,7404,0,0,1,0

Russia's republic of Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the dominant religion. Temples were destroyed there during the Soviet era and Buddhism went into decline. But in a new age of tolerance, the steppe region is enjoying a religious renaissance.

Temples, Buddha statues and pictures of the...

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Buddhists to Convert UAW Hall to Temple

November 16, 2008

Author: Steve Collins

Source: The Bristol Press

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,7401,0,0,1,0

For decades, the United Auto Workers gathered weekly in a meeting hall on Park Street to talk shop.

But their hall, which has sat idle for years since the departure of General Motors, may soon ring with the voices of Buddhist monks.

The city’s Zoning Commission gave its unanimous blessing recently to a plan by...

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Buddhist Monks Share Traditions

November 10, 2008

Author: Colette M. Jenkins

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/news/top_new/34235919.html

The chanting, singing and bell-ringing inside Unity Chapel of Light this week are meant to inspire peace and compassion.

''We want to share some of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and give people a chance to experience our culture and religion,'' said Geshe Gankar Tulka Rinpoche, through a translator. ''We are not promoting Buddhism, but...

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Buddhists Celebrate New Temple in Mesa

November 9, 2008

Author: Astrid Galvan

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=63,7366,0,0,1,0

The only international Buddhist temple in the state held its grand-opening ceremony on Saturday.

About 200 people gathered at the Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center, 432 Temple St. in Mesa, to celebrate both the Kathina Ceremony, which marks the end of the rainy season in Sri Lanka, and the center's grand...

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Buddhist Nun Hopes to Revive Ascetic Way of Life That Started During the Buddha's Lifetime

November 7, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7362,0,0,1,0

It took nearly 60 years for Judy Franklin to figure out that the key to riding the nation's economic roller coaster was to detach from it and observe as if from afar.

Now, as those around her fret about finances, the divorced mother of two rests assured that it is not the end of the world, a perspective she acquired when...

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Buddhists Get Engaged in Race for President

October 28, 2008

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/buddhists_get_engaged_in_race_for_president/

By most counts, several times more people live in New York City than practice Buddhism nationwide.

So American Buddhists aren't likely to become a political machine or a crucial swing vote any time soon. But as the religion born in the East carves its place in...

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Monks Offer Prayers for World Peace in Bihar

October 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ANI

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=42,7306,0,0,1,0

Hundreds of Buddhist monks from India and abroad gathered in Rajgir in Bihar to pray for world peace.

The prayers were held as part of 39th anniversary of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, situated atop the Ratnagiri Hill.

The occasion also gained prominence as an American follower of Buddhism donated a peace bell made of an alloy of eight...

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Meditation Helps Local Buddhists Find Their Path

October 26, 2008

Author: Mary Garrigan

Source: Rapid City Journal

http://rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/10/26/news/religion/doc49021fc3039de882120639.txt

The Buddhist prayer flags that hang in Don Jones’ driveway are Tibetan, but the Buddhist meditation that Jones practices in his living room is not.

Jones hosts an informal Insight Meditation group in his west Rapid City home, an Americanized strain of...

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Annual Kathina Ceremony Held at Indiana Buddhist Temple

October 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/ColomboPage News Desk

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,7310,0,0,1,0

Indiana Buddhist Temple in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA held its 5th annual Katina ceremony on October 25th with the participation of both Buddhist and non-Buddhist communities.

The guests were welcomed by the incumbent monks, Ven. Thalangama Devananda, Ven. Babarende Sumeda and Ven, Neluwe Seelawimala....

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Lama Talks About Her Faith

October 26, 2008

Author: Jeff Brumley

Source: The Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/102708/met_348614148.shtml

When Tibetan Buddhist Michael Turnquist came to Jacksonville in 1984, there was just one Buddhist center in town. And that closed shortly after his arrival.

A lot has changed since then. Jacksonville is now home to at least a half-dozen Buddhist communities, including Zen and ethnic Vietnamese...

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Steveston's Buddhist Tradition Turns 80

October 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Richmond News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=66,7314,0,0,1,0

It'll be a three-generational affair with Reverend Grant Ikuta, the newly appointed minister and grandson of the temple's first reverend, Shinjo Ikuta, presiding over the celebrations.

Grant's father, Kyojo, who is now retired, but who earlier presided over many of the temple's weddings and services, will also be there. Shinjo passed...

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A Tug of War Over Cambodian Temple in Long Beach

October 20, 2008

Author: Joe Mozingo

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Los Angeles Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7280,0,0,1,0

The story of how a man named Johnny Rhondo, the self-titled grand master of the Church of the Revelation, came to hold the charter to Long Beach's oldest Cambodian Buddhist temple is a curious one.

The Buddhist waton East 20th Street is the beloved, if dilapidated, nucleus for the nation's largest...

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Buddhist Temple Builds Refuge From Refuse

October 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKTRE49J2I120081020

A Thai Buddhist temple has found an environmentally friendly way to reach nirvana, using discarded bottles to build everything on the premises from a crematorium to toilets.

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple, about 600 km (370 miles) northeast of Bangkok, is better known as "Wat Lan Kuad" or "Temple of Million Bottles"...

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